Tag Archives: college

The American Dream Davood Kaheh – Part 2

By Barry Gwinn  Immigrants entering the U.S. have usually spent years and a relatively large amount of money trying to get here. It is normally a painstaking process and only the persistent and committed make it through. Davood (or David as he is known to us) Kaheh is nothing if not persistent and committed. From the time he left home ... Read More »

The House: Is it Good? Don’t Bet on it!

REEL REVIEWS By Matthew Mendisana When it comes to comedy, I feel like the genre can be split into two separate categories. In one category, you have comedies starring actors who can act funny, but also deliver a performance. Actors like Christopher Walken, Will Smith, Tom Hanks, etc. In the other category, you have comedies starring comedians who are only there ... Read More »

Slow-Pitch Softball Keeps Seniors Active & Fit

By Maria Lamb Be careful, lots of new guys hurt themselves by doing too much too fast. It’s the advice given by the seasoned players to the newbies showing up at the pick-up games for the first time. Player safety is the number one concern, as injuries at this age take much longer to heal. A lot of the players ... Read More »

‘It’s Always the Husband’ by Michele Campbell

BOOK REMARKS Marisa Cleveland www.marisacleveland.com “Go ahead and jump. You know you want to.” This book opens with the best scene ever! It’s been too long since I’ve started a book, read the first pages, and literally cleared my calendar to finish the story. But this contemporary women’s suspense novel grabbed my attention and held on until the brilliant end. “It’s ... Read More »

Calusa Garden Club Awards Scholarship

Submitted Annually, the Calusa Garden Club of Marco Island awards a college scholarship to a Marco Island Academy (MIA) senior who is interested in or pursuing studies in the environment, horticulture, or conservation. Recently, Marianne Foley, the Calusa Garden Club’s scholarship chairperson, presented a $700 check for college expenses to Joseph Politi, Jr., this year’s scholarship winner. Although Joseph is ... Read More »

Art in All Forms Embraced by MIFA

By Maureen Chodaba The Marco Island Foundation for the Arts (MIFA) is a charitable non-profit 501(c)(3) organization dedicated to bringing literary, visual and performing arts to public places on Marco Island. At their recent annual luncheon, scholarships were presented to five students who are majoring in the arts in college. Also included at the luncheon was the presentation of the ... Read More »

Scholarships Available for Local Arts Majors

Submitted Each year the Marco Island Foundation for the Arts awards scholarships to high school seniors and college students who will be majoring in an area of the arts. Since 2007 the non-profit organization has been awarding scholarships to local students who plan to major in visual arts, literary arts or performing arts. With the cost of a higher education ... Read More »

JW Marriott Marco Island Appoints New Executive Chef

By Samantha Husted The JW Marriott Marco Island Beach Resort recently announced the appointment of Eric Vasta as the location’s new executive chef. The appointment comes in the midst of the resort’s expansive $320 million renovations. As executive chef, Eric will oversee all culinary operations for the JW Marriott Marco Island. In his new position Eric will also be responsible ... Read More »

MIA Senior Shoots for the Stars Grandparents Get Him Started

By Barry Gwinn Dylan Demkovich will be going to Brown University this year. Founded in 1764, this Ivy League school, of 6,200 undergraduates, is located in Providence, Rhode Island and is the seventh oldest college in the U.S. With a weighted GPA of 4.95 (out of 4.00) at Marco Island Academy (MIA), Dylan scored an early acceptance to Brown and ... Read More »

$1,200 Scholarship Offered by FSASE

Jennifer J. Edwards, Collier County Supervisor of Elections, is accepting applications for a scholarship opportunity until Wednesday, March 29. The Florida State Association of Supervisors of Elections (FSASE) is offering three $1,200 scholarships to eligible Florida residents enrolled or accepted as full-time students in a senior college or university in Florida. Applicants must be Political Science, Public or Business Administration, or ... Read More »

City Council Update

By Steve “Stef” Stefanides For members of the Marco Island City Council the evening was somewhat uncomfortable as a number of residents came forward to question their decisions on circumstances surrounding the departure of City Manager Roger Hernstadt. At the February 6th meeting of council, Hernstadt’s letter of resignation was read into the record by City Attorney Alan Gabriel. That resignation ... Read More »

MIA Athletes Excel in the Classroom, Rank High in the State

By Barry Gwinn Marco Island Academy (MIA), only six years old, has been recognized by the State of Florida as an “A” high performing school, and by the Washington Post as being in the top 2% of the nation’s most challenging high schools. “But how are our athletes doing?” wondered Kelly Monnot, MIA’s athletic director since August 2015 “How do ... Read More »

AAUW Celebrates 10 Years

By Maureen Chodaba  The American Association of University Women (AAUW) is a national organization of 170,000 women throughout local communities and college campuses. The AAUW provides $4 million annually in grants, fellowships and awards for women pursuing degrees in higher education. The AAUW works diligently to improve the future for all. On February 3, the Marco Island branch of AAUW ... Read More »

Discover Mentoring

The Guadalupe Center invites those interested in becoming a mentor to a college-bound Immokalee High School student enrolled in its Tutor Corps Program to Discover Mentoring on the Terrace at Caxambas in Fiddler’s Creek beginning at 5 PM on January 26. Each year, 20-30 promising new students are added to Tutor Corps. Each student works as a tutor to Kindergarten-2nd graders each day ... Read More »

Supervisor of Elections Scholarship Applications 

Jennifer J. Edwards, Collier County Supervisor of Elections, is currently accepting applications for a scholarship opportunity provided by the Florida State Association of Supervisors of Elections (FSASE). The FSASE is offering three $1,200 scholarships to eligible Florida residents enrolled or accepted as full-time students in a senior college or university in Florida. Applicants must be Political Science, Public or Business ... Read More »

Calusa Garden Club Scholarship Applications Being Accepted

Submitted  Applications are now being accepted by Calusa Garden Club for its summer camp scholarships and for its college scholarship. Calusa Garden Club, an association of people interested in horticulture, ecology, flower art, and the environment, awards two camperships for elementary school students and one scholarship of $500 to a high school senior residing on Marco Island. Students must apply ... Read More »

The Island Country Club Introduces New Sous Chefs

By Samantha Husted The Island Country Club (ICC) has two new sous chefs on their culinary team. Los Angeles native Loren Cogswell earned the title of executive sous chef and Fanny Bustamante, originally from Lima, Peru, is now the club’s Double Eagle sous chef. Cogswell has a degree in aquatic biology. During his college years, Loren cooked for friends and ... Read More »

My Editor Goes to a Rock Concert, Sort of

  By Barry Gwinn On Friday, October 14, 2016, the Coastal Breeze News appeared in newsstands throughout Marco Island, on time, and with 80 pages chock-full of color photos, columns, and articles sent in by the staff writers and a wide network of contributors. As usual everything was well presented by the production staff. It is up to Val Simon, ... Read More »

Wagner Running His Way to a Scholarship

By Roger LaLonde Marco Island’s Josh Wagner has toed the line in just four cross country races and his poorest finish has been second! Even more unusual is that they are his initial forays into cross country. A Lely senior, Josh played cornerback for three years on the Lely football team, while running track in the spring. “It was a ... Read More »